The future is now! It’s never been easier to control your home from almost anywhere in the world (with an internet connection) by simply connecting compatible appliances in your home to a network and an app on your device, you can easily control them to how you see fit.
When your home has this ability it is considered ‘smart’ and smart homes are fast becoming the staple of any homeowner. But how does it work and how can you do this to your home to make your life easier? Read on for the answers.
How does smart technology work?
Smart technology collectively names an array of sensors, devices, appliances and much more that connect together to work in harmony. In short, it allows you to control your home appliances using a mobile device!
Most app based smart appliances work by connecting to a home internet service, your wi-fi. Those appliances are then connected to a server or hub somewhere, which in turn allows you to control them through apps on your smart mobile device.
With a simple tap on your phone you could turn your living room light on, open your garage door or even make a coffee.
Smart home technology examples
The plethora of indoor and outdoor smart home devices grows year on year. As internet connections get faster and technology gets better, smart appliances become more accessible to almost everyone. In turn, redesigning the way we use our homes forever.
From smart bulbs to smart water softeners, in 2021 it’s become extremely affordable and accessible to kit out your home with the latest in smart tech to make anyone’s life that little but easier.
Check out some of the smart home technology you could buy.
- Smart Bulbs/Lighting – control the lighting of any room from anywhere
- Smart Thermostat – control the temperature of your home. Room by room options are available
- Smart Speakers – control the music in any room with options to link to a smart TV
- Smart Coffee Machine – get a hot beverage at the tap! (providing you set it up with a mug first)
These are only a few examples of the ever growing range of smart devices and appliances you can choose from to upgrade your home today.
What is required for a smart home?
As mentioned above there are some vital elements you will need to create your ideal smart home. First and foremost, you must have a stable wi-fi connection. Without one, your appliances won’t be able to talk to one another or your smartphone.
Secondly, you will need a smart home hub. A smart home hub is hardware or software that connects devices on a home network and controls communications among them. A popular example of one is Google Home. These usually come with a downloadable app to help you control all your smart appliances in one handy, user-friendly space.
Finally, the fun part! Creating a smart home to suit your needs. There is a LOT of choice out there with some devices better than others. The smart appliance market has become competitive. In some instances, a higher price doesn’t always mean a better product! Make sure you do your research before purchasing but always have fun with it.
NOTE: Always make sure the smart appliances you choose are compatible with your smart hub! Most will have this information clearly stated on the box.
It’s Time To Go Smart!
With everything set up correctly you can create a smart home to fit your every need, while also giving you peace of mind when you’re out of the house.
Forgot to turn the living room light off? Open the app, hit the switch! Want to check if the dog hasn’t escaped? Open the app, watch a live feed of your kitchen from your smart home surveillance camera. The possibilities are endless.
With smart technology getting better year on year you are able to easily upgrade your home with the latest smart appliances. There’s no time like the present, try out a smart device today and start making your home smarter.